And she seemed like such a nice lady too—obviously with really great taste in guitars.
It all began very innocently with a special request from the Mesa/Boogie Factory Store in Hollywood. She popped over for a sonic consultation before ordering an instrument that would best suit her musical needs. After reasonable deliberation she chose a Hollow Cobra for its light weight agility and thunderously commanding humbucking resonance, while possessing the unprecedented ability to split down and deliver the most inspired and impressive single coil tones ever heard from a 24 ¾-inch scale length, mahogany based guitar. To add a further touch of class, she expressed her preference for our new all-rosewood neck option. As with all artistic people there are certain colors that stir their souls and it is Forest Green that whispered in her ear.
The masterful building process proceeded uneventfully and right on schedule. Meanwhile, extremely impressed with the additional low-midrange sonic prowess that an all-rosewood neck bestows upon every species of Cobra, Tom had been conceptualizing what color his next gigging Cobra should be to best complement the deep brown cast of a solid Indian rosewood neck.
Everything was going along splendidly until Tom snapped open the latches, revealing this guitar. Ready for its final test play, he lifted it from its case, plugged it into an amp and entered tonal bliss. When he emerged from the testing area, this normally low-key, well-mannered gentleman held the Transparent Forest Green, Hollow Cobra firmly by its rosewood neck, thrust it toward the ceiling and announced, “This is beautiful! I love the way it plays and how sleek and fast the stainless steel frets feel. I love the way it sounds and I love the way the Forest Green looks with the dark neck!” “Great,” Eric replied, “now you know what finish to do for your next one.” A look of incredulity crossed Tom’s face and he dashed into the bathroom and locked the door. With the natural reverberation of this special room and the amazing resonance of an unplugged Anderson guitar, we could clearly hear him playing and singing his favorite songs. We all had to admit that he is very talented and certainly sings and plays well. We knocked on the door and he immediately emerged with the guitar strapped on, still playing. “I guess he really likes it,” Dave remarked.
Tom seemed to recover quickly and things returned to normal. We notified the Mesa/Boogie Store that their guitar was ready for shipping but when it came time to pack it up, we were unable to locate this amazing Forest Green, Cobra. We notified the store that the guitar had gone missing, they informed the customer and she called us. Tom took the call and explained that the guitar had been borrowed by Eskimos for use in emergency medical experiments they were conducting in the jungles of Borneo on lizards who could perform magic tricks when accompanied by music. Understanding the enchanting nature of Cobras, she didn’t buy that story for a moment and hopping into her Electric Blue, Turbo Charged, PT Cruiser, floored it all the way to the factory.
She leaped from the blue-flamed interior of her hot rod and walked in our front door. “Tom,” she called out, “have you seen my Forest Green, Cobra with the all-rosewood neck around here somewhere?” Tom emerged from the pickup room with guitar in hand. He pointed to the headstock and tried to explain that this one probably belongs to him because his name is written on it. She just laughed and said, “All of the guitars have your name on them.” “Oh yea,” he replied and handed it to her to try. She played it and enjoyed it and walked around with it strapped on for hours. But when it came time for her to leave, Tom made one last diplomatic attempt to convince her that the guitar should stay with us. But alas, we all came to realize that this was her guitar and we are delighted that she is now an Anderson Guitar Player. We can make another one for Tom that will be just as magnificent.
• MODEL: – Hollow Cobra
• FINISH: – Transparent Forest Green with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with Mahogany Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Rosewood
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural Gloss
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard for Cobra
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16ths
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo
• TUNING GEAR: – Locking
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Gold
• PICKGUARD: – n/a
• NECK PICKUP: – H1-
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – n/a
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2+
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull Tone Control—for 6 sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – n/a
• PICKUP RINGS: – Cream
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: –Mesa/Boogie Factory Store/Hollywood, California